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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our beautiful autumn weather continues as this survey was completed by five volunteers under foggy then cool, breezy and sunny conditions. The Twig Girdler, shown below, is a longhorn beetle that provides a dead wood food source for its young by killing the outer tips of tree branches before laying eggs in them. The mother beetle accomplishes this by chewing a deep groove all the way around the twig. She chooses where to cut by "measuring" the branch's width with her legs and never cuts deep enough to completely sever the branch, although it may later snap off at the weakened point.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Chlorostrymon simaethis (silver-banded hairstreak)
photo by Val Bugh

Junonia coenia (common buckeye)
photo by Val Bugh

Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
photo by Val Bugh

Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Val Bugh

Nastra lherminier (swarthy skipper)
photo by Val Bugh

Calephelis perditalis (rounded metalmark)
photo by Val Bugh

Eubaphe unicolor (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Cecharismena jalapena (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Yosemitia graciella (cactus borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Hypocala andremona (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Hemaris diffinis (snowberry clearwing larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Carabus sp. (ground beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Cymatodera balteata (checkered beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Oncideres cingulata (twig girdler)
photo by Val Bugh

Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Eumenes fraternus (potter wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Hemipenthes scylla (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Copestylum mexicana (black flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Trichopoda pennipes (feather-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Habronattus cognatus (jumping spider eating flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Harvestman (Eumesosoma sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Phyciodes vesta  Vesta Crescent
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  American Lady
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Leptotes marina  Marine Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Chlorostrymon simaethis  Silver-banded Hairstreak
      riodinidae  Calephelis perditalis  Rounded Metalmark
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Panoquina ocola  Ocola Skipper
        Nastra lherminier  Swarthy Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Copaeodes aurantiaca  Orange Skipperling
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Hypocala andremona  Moth
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Cecharismena jalapena  Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Agrotis venerabilis  Venerable Dart
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth (larva)
        Cisthene unifascia  Lichen Moth
      saturniidae  Antheraea polyphemus  Polyphemus Moth (larva & pupa)
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia colorata  Moth
        Macaria aemulataria  Common Angle
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
      crambidae  Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
        Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Diaphania hyalinata  Melonworm Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Diacme elealis  Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Yosemitia graciella  Cactus Borer Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      cerambycidae  Styloxus fulleri  Long-horned Beetle
        Oncideres cingulata  Twig Girdler
      carabidae  Carabus sp.  Ground Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera balteata  Checkered Beetle
      curculionidae  Hypera sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      scutelleridae  Unknown sp.  Shield Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
      megachilidae  Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
        Eumenes bollii  Potter Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Palpada furcata  Flower Fly
        Palpada mexicana  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicana  Black Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Villa lateralis  Bee Fly
        Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hoplitimyia mutabilis  Soldier Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      tachinidae  Cylindromyia sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    orthoptera  acrididae  Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    thysanoptera  aeolothripidae  Aeolothrips sp.  Predatory Thrips

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
        Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Apollophanes punctipes  Running Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx (adult & eggs)
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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